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How to make your agency a better place to work

How to make your agency a better place to work | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
How can federal agencies improve employee satisfaction and commitment? Are there any secrets to success?
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Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking
Here are three subjects that continue to fascinate: Leadership (in general), Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking.
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Although I wrote this from a military perspective, much of the essay applies to other contexts as well.

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Blame It on Leadership - A Toxic Organizational Culture Where I Am Somebody, and You, Well – You Are Nobody

Blame It on Leadership - A Toxic Organizational Culture Where I Am Somebody, and You, Well – You Are Nobody | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The Perils of a Toxic Organizational Culture and Why Leadership Allows It to Persist.Startling language - I know - but this is precisely how many of the people working right next to you and/or within (Blame It on #Leadership - A Toxic #OrganizationalCulture...
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There is more to leadership than, "I'm in charge and you are not." 

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How to Be a Really Stupid Leader

How to Be a Really Stupid Leader | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
What makes a leader stupid? Most believe it is a combination of a number of unattractive and unproductive behaviors that are incorporated into their style that makes them unsuccessful, along with a...
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Twenty Dumb Things Organizations Do to Mess Up Their Relationship With Employees

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Best Bosses: A Case of Emotional Economics

Best Bosses: A Case of Emotional Economics | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Whether it is a passion for people, data, achievement, or status, everyone wants to be satisfied emotionally. I know it’s a concept that doesn't’t make for a spellbinding tale, but let’s face it,
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"I left the job because I was appreciated," said no one ever.

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John Michel's curator insight, July 21, 12:03 PM

Unless employees feel positively reinforced, quality and other measures can suffer, and it will be nearly impossible to measure the loss of the disengaged and unapplied talent.

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Toxic LeadershipThe Military Leader | The Military Leader

Wisdom from Doctrine (ADP 6-22 – Army Leadership) http://t.co/GZH4UZL6qJ http://t.co/ZMFtXZR9YX
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10 traits of a bad boss

10 traits of a bad boss | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
No one intentionally sets out to become a bad boss. In fact, many small business owners are probably determined to be better than bosses they once had. Watch out for these negative traits as you run your business:Manage by intimidation Some bosses confuse respect with fear and think employees must b...
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Remembering James MacGregor Burns and his leadership wisdom

Remembering James MacGregor Burns and his leadership wisdom | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The leadership world lost a giant this week when James MacGregor Burns died at his home in Williamstown, Mass. on Tuesday.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 18, 9:40 PM

Burns' work and the concept of transforming leadership which is an ongoing process fits with the work of John Dewey in school. Both saw leading and learning as ongoing processes.

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4 Leadership Lessons From Marine General James "Mad Dog" Mattis

The retired four-star general recently gave a talk to Stanford business students. Here are some of the important takeaways.
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End Abusive Behavior on Your Team

End Abusive Behavior on Your Team | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Managers aim their abuse at those who are least likely to defend themselves.
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Why You Shouldn’t Let Go of Your Second Choice Candidates

Why You Shouldn’t Let Go of Your Second Choice Candidates | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Nearly every hiring manager can think of the one who got away.
Think back to a time when you were hiring for an open position and had an excellent pool of candidates to choose from.
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Five Toxic Habits That Drive Talent Out of Organizations

Five Toxic Habits That Drive Talent Out of Organizations | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
    Far too many HR pros have had the experience of seeing a talented person leave the company, mouth non-committal platitudes during the exit interview and not speak to the real reasons for their ...
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Systems Thinking & Adaptive Learning: Chris Soderquist

Systems Thinking & Adaptive Learning: Chris Soderquist | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Chris Soderquist's genius is his ability to help people understand, appreciate, & apply the concepts of systems thinking to their problems & challenges. (RT @PontifexConsult: I enjoyed the interview with Craig Weber (Weber Consulting Group).
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Myths And Truths About Employee Motivation

Myths And Truths About Employee Motivation | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Managers in organizations continue to practice outmoded motivation strategies. (#Motivation myths vs truths. Money trumped by purpose, mastery, recognition, etc?
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Toxic Leadership Part Deux

A look at toxic leadership from a military context. (Just uploaded Toxic Leadership Part Deux http://t.co/khe02CtMz3 via @Scribd)
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Leadership and Systems Thinking

This article examines the role of systems thinking and suggests how it might be of use to those who seek to influence organizations.
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Leadership Matters's curator insight, May 21, 5:54 PM

Good article on systems thinking in leadership.

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The Pen and the Sword- JFQ 72

The Pen and the Sword- JFQ 72 | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
An administrator examines the war colleges and the joint professional military education institutions and calls on the schools to employ the optimal mix of military and civilian faculty to encourage the rise of new thinking in vital areas and...
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This was my attempt to provide some additional perspective to the debate about the relevancy and effectiveness of the war colleges. I wanted to share some insights from having been a student and faculty member in the system of professional military education as well as a faculty member and administrator in non-military settings. I hope it provokes some discussion, especially with regard to policies and procedures relating to the faculty.

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Wildland Fire Leadership: Toxic Leadership Will Not be Tolerated

Wildland Fire Leadership: Toxic Leadership Will Not be Tolerated | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Here's a nice summary of some of my thoughts on Toxic Leadership by my friend and ace San Diego Fire Chief, Brian Fennessy. I think he knows my work better than I do. I love it when insights like these cross contexts. 

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Toxic Leaders Interview conducted by George Reed, of Leadership Studies at the USD - YouTube

Toxic Leaders Interview conducted by George Reed, Associate Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego

Via Susan Bainbridge, AlGonzalezinfo
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Jean Lipman-Blumen is a wonderful person and a world-class scholar. This interview was part of a graduate course where the students prepared the questions and introductions while I played the host. They read her work before the class. We later turned off the lights and camera and engaged in a wonderful dialogue. 

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, April 18, 6:16 AM

This a wonderful interview, once you get to it.  The introduction is long  but you can skip ahead around 2:30 to get to the interview.  


I truly admire Dr. Lipman-Blumen and totally agree with her views on what the media causes and her perspective on why toxic leaders get ahead. 


One of my favorite parts is when she asks the audience how many of them have experienced a toxic leader and the majority of the audiences raises the hands. 


Long but worth the time!  

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Toxic Police Leadership - Leadership - LawOfficer.com

Toxic Police Leadership - Leadership - LawOfficer.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
http://t.co/MCCa2p1UyP
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Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders

Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Could destructive leadership be contributing to the rise in soldiers who commit suicide?
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I was pleased to contribute to this story. 

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Toxic Police Leadership | Police Records Management

In her book Toxic Leaders: When Organizations Go Bad, Marcia Whicker describes toxic leaders as “maladjusted, malcontent, and often malevolent, even malicious. They glory in turf protection, fighting, and controlling rather than uplifting ...
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George Reed | GratefulLeadership.com

George Reed | GratefulLeadership.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
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Thank you to Judith Umlas for including this in her popular blog "Grateful Leadership." The notion of grateful leadership is at the opposite end of the behavioral spectrum from toxic leadership.

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Top 5 Reasons Employees Quit (Infographic)

Think offering your employees more money is the only way to keep them at your company? Think again.
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James MacGregor Burns, Scholar of Presidents and Leadership, Dies at 95

James MacGregor Burns, Scholar of Presidents and Leadership, Dies at 95 | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Mr. Burns, a Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer and political scientist, wrote voluminously about the nature of leadership in general and the presidency in particular.
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Anything he wrote is worth reading and those who do read his work will come to understand what a giant of an intellect he was. What they might not discern is that he was a very good, generous, and kind human being. I am pleased that I had the opportunity to meet him and I feel the loss.

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6 Early Warning Signs You're Dealing With a Toxic Person | careynieuwhof.com

6 Early Warning Signs You're Dealing With a Toxic Person | careynieuwhof.com | Leadership, Toxic Leadership, and Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
You've dealt with them before. At your church, as a volunteer, on your staff, as customers. Toxic people, are well, toxic.   An unhealthy person can infect (RT @cnieuwhof: Are some people just toxic? Well, yes.
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